The experiance of going through a flare can jerk you out of denial in a hurry. Early on I did the denial route too. I didn't want to believe I could no longer act like I was Wonder Woman.
Learning to pace yourself is one of the hardest things when you are used to being an active person. Somedays you will feel better than others and tempted to do more than you should. I do this more than I should but sometimes it is worth it to me. Recently I spent two weeks visiting family who live far away. I overdid and knew I would pay the price.
Eating healthy, getting enough sleep ( alot of us suffer from insomnia) and excercising help but doesn't guarantee you from flaring. Learning to live with this illness comes with alot oftrial and error.
Meds work differantly for all of us. I take Savella 50mgs 2x daily and use a muscle relaxer,Cyclobenzaprine for flares. I do relaxation therapy ( deep breathing exercises and meditation) daily and that helps with stress.
Attitude plays a big part of how you deal with illness. Initially I had a very hard time dealing with my illnesses, asking Why me? Everyday I would host my own pity party and feel bad. After the days turned into weeks I knew I had to stop grieving and start living again. I try to be positive and that helps me. I still have days when I ask why me?... but I have stopped dwelling on that question.
Taking one day at a time works for me!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 3/2/2010 10:37:52 AM (GMT-7)